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1. The Society of the Knights of the Order of the Square Table was the first
Northern festive club at Harvard. (For sectional rivalry within the clubs, see
13 June, below.) Its predecessor was probably the
Knights of the Order of the Pudding Stick, whose history is lost to us, there
being only a fragmentary record remaining in the Harvard Archives. Little is known
of the Knights of the Square Table during CFA’s stay at Harvard, for its own
records are missing (see entry for 22 Oct., below)
and mention of the club in the faculty records appears mostly earlier or later
than CFA’s time, chiefly because the faculty took cognizance of a club only when
its members presented disciplinary problems. For scattered references to the
Knights’ activities, see Records of the College Faculty, volumes 10–11
(1814–1840), Harvard Archives, and also some pamphlets under the club titles,
housed in the Archives. Subsequently the Knights of the Square Table merged with
the more famous Porcellian Club.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.